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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trisha Meili Narrator: Trisha Meili Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the end of a long workday

and she is out for a run.

Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City's Central Park. She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Many hours later, she is found lying in the mud, her body thrashing violently.

I Am the Central Park Jogger recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery that involved a family, a hospital, a city -- in fact an entire nation -- of supporters.

Even today, more than a decade after the attack, the Central Park Jogger is still in the news. As she writes this story, the headlines scream JOGGER once more. Startling new information about the crime emerges. Because of the nature of her head injuries, she remembers nothing of the attack. Whether one man or several nearly took her life, the damage was done. And for the Central Park Jogger, the crime was not the climax but the beginning of her journey. She tells us who she was -- a well-educated young woman working on Wall Street -- and who she is now.

Once comfortable in a high-pressure corporate boardroom, she is a woman who has had to learn to talk again. She is not the woman she was -- physical and cognitive "deficits" linger -- yet she is stronger and more alive than she has ever been. The event meant to take her life gave her a deeper one, richer and more meaningful.

Meet Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Told without anger or resentment, it will comfort and inspire anyone who has suffered a horrible trauma—and many who haven’t.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Her compelling story, which is honestly and openly told, is one of hope and inspiration in the midst of the most frightening pain and fear.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Meili tells the story of a competitive and driven young executive at a finance firm whose life was destroyed, and how she ultimately rebuilt it. Passages where Meili is reunited years later with the doctors and nurses who saved her life are especially compelling…Her candor is remarkable and certainly moving…[a] highly readable story of tragedy and, ultimately, triumph.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amrita Skye | 2/15/2014

    " well-written memoir "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Annelisa | 2/6/2014

    " I cannot get behind this at all. No one is denying that what happened to this woman was wrong, and that she went through an ordeal. It is always a good and inspiring thing when one is able to rise above such circumstances. But those five teenage boys went through an ordeal as well, one that cost them their innocence, their childhoods, their standing in society. Their lives were destroyed as well, and the worst part is that people still refuse to apologize, offer sympathy to them and their families, or admit that what happened to them was wrong. Meili does not acknowledge the racial firestorm that the case ignited, which I cannot comprehend. I doubt if the author realizes her sense of privilege, which not only allowed her to be successful before the attack, but also allowed her to pen this book. But perhaps the most troubling aspect of the book is that Meili, as a victim, shows no sense of concern or compassion for the young men who were also victimized. No "I'm sorry that this happened to you." No speaking out in campaigns on their behalf, or encouraging others to view them differently. I'm not saying that the justice system and its affiliates (police officers, prosecutors), certain individuals, (cough, Donald Trump, Ed Koch, cough), and the media should not be held accountable for their actions. But as the catalyst in this case, one would expect more from her, as well. The fact that it is not here speaks volumes about how she feels and where she is now, and the result is disconcerting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/18/2014

    " Very inspiring story about her comeback. Interesting for runners and non-runners alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Horn | 1/4/2014

    " Another amazing human being. What a hero , what a horrible thing to go through. Such courage, if you have a down part of your life, read this and it will make you feel small compared to what she went through. "

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